Statement on Honorary Degrees at The City University of New York

The City University of New York has received a number of communications following the actions taken by the Board of Trustees on May 2nd regarding the awarding of honorary degrees and the tabling of a proposed honorary degree for Mr. Tony Kushner.   The Board of Trustees is an independent board, and acted independently in exercising its judgment and authority.  Mr. Kushner has indicated in published reports that even if the Board were to reconsider and approve the honorary degree, he would not accept it.   The Board’s actions, however, should not be interpreted as reflecting on Mr. Kushner’s accomplishments and we regret any such misunderstanding.